Making your kitchen senior-friendly does not always require a costly kitchen remodel, or even buying new appliances, it can simply mean repositioning or adding accessories to appliances already there. Here are some tips from https://www.seniorhomes.com, shared by Accessible Construction, Inc. that we thought were especially helpful.
- Choose a counter-top microwave, versus one over-the-range for easier handling of food.
- Clear counter space right next to the microwave so hot food can be easily moved from the microwave to the counter.
Stoves and Ranges
Add an automatic shut-off device or stove monitoring device to the range or stove. This device can prevent accidental fires by turning off the stove burner or oven when it senses that it’s been left unattended. Most of these devices are made for electric ranges only. Some of these devices can be as easy to install as adding a sensor to the front of the stove.
The article suggests choosing a side-by-side refrigerator model to make it easier for someone in a wheelchair to access both the fresh food compartment and freezer.
If you are planning on purchasing more senior-friendly appliances, the article suggests choosing a range with a hot indicator light to warn against touching a hot burner.
Induction ranges are another appropriate choice for the elderly as they use electromagnetism to generate heat, instead of an open flame or coil. Induction also does not heat the surrounding cooking area, making it a safer choice.
If purchasing a new microwave, stay away from over-the-range models to avoid lifting as an older person might not have the upper body strength or mobility to raise and lower items.
Choose a refrigerator with good inside lighting and storage on the door which makes it easier to find items. Lighted in-door water and ice dispensers are also helpful. Again, a side-side refrigerator with a long and easy-to-grasp handle is a good choice.
Get more advice from SeniorHomes.com about choosing senior-friendly kitchen appliances.
If your ice will not dispense from your indoor refrigerator ice and water dispenser, there may be a problem with the ice dispenser auger motor.
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To access this part, open the refrigerator door to locate the ice bin assembly and then open the door to the ice bin assembly.
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If the ice from your ice maker or dispenser is producing bad-tasting or bad-smelling ice, here are four easy fixes that may solve this problem.
1. Clean Out Your Refrigerator and Freezer
Water and ice can easily absorb bad odors which can also impact the taste of your ice cubes. Try cleaning out your freezer and refrigerator. If there are bad odors from spoiled or strong-smelling food, they can make their way from the refrigerator into the freezer compartment. Cleaning out both areas will eliminate this issue.
2. Make New Ice
After you perform a deep clean in both the freezer and refrigerator, throw out any old ice and wait for new ice cubes to form. Old, stale ice can easily absorb odors from food, so using Continue reading
Here are some helpful appliance-related tips we are seeing from around the web.
Dishwasher Settings to Try
Your dishwasher comes with other cycles other than normal and Real Simple goes over some situations in which you might want to use these alternative cycles.
Use the sanitize cycle to kill any germs on items, like when a family member is ill. This cycle gives a final 155 degree water rinse in order to kill germs.
Use the heavy wash to clean crusty, baked-on dishes and the top-rack cycle to clean lightly soiled items like glasses from a party. Read about more Dishwasher Settings to Try.
Ice Maker is Making Hollow Ice Cubes
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If your ice maker keeps freezing up, it could be due to a faulty water inlet valve. The valve could be letting a trickle of water flow inside the line and into the tube, causing the water to freeze up inside the line or tube. Try to thaw the water fill tube or line. Test the water inlet valve using a multimeter and replace, especially if this problem is reoccurring.
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If your ice maker won’t produce or push out any ice, you may need to replace the icemaker motor. Find a new icemaker motor at http://www.everyappliancepart.com/Category/Icemaker-Parts.
You’ll need to disconnect the icemaker from it’s harness wiring and remove it from your refrigerator (unscrew a few screws).
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Your top-freezer refrigerator might not have a built-in water filter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have filtered water going into your icemaker. By installing the GE SmartWater External Refrigerator Water Filter System (GXRLQ) you can have better –tasting and cleaner ice from your refrigerator icemaker.
The system works with most refrigerators and easily installs and is housed behind the refrigerator. Simply turn off your icemaker to attach the line to the filer’s manifold and turn your icemaker back on again. The filter will help reduce sediment, chlorine taste and odor, lead and cysts in the water leading to cleaner water and better-tasting ice.
After six month, replace the filter by turning off your icemaker, and twisting and removing the old filter to replace it with a new one (twist to lock into place).
There’s no need to turn off your water supply, as the manifold contains an auto-shut off as part of its design. Purchase just the replacement filter above , without having to purchase the entire system again at www.everyappliancepart.com.
If you need to install a line to your ice maker from your home’s water supply, you’ll need additional parts like this Copper Tube Refrigerator Water Supply Kit (8003RP) by Whirlpool.
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